Coronavirus (Covid-19)

National lockdown: you must stay at home and not leave your house unless necessary. Further details: gov.uk. Help and advice: Ribble Valley Community Hub (01200 414597).

Coronavirus Information

Business and Charity Support

We know this is a very worrying time for businesses and their employees and we recognise the sacrifices and changes people must make in the current emergency.

However, there will be an end to coronavirus so it's important that, once we get through this period our businesses are in the best possible position to move forward.

We welcome the various government announcements of support for businesses.

If your business is struggling to pay your business rates we want you to get in touch with us as quickly as possible. We are here to listen to your individual circumstances and will consider alternative payment arrangements. Please contact us at ctax@ribblevalley.gov.uk providing us with as much information as possible regarding your circumstances.

We are committed to keep you updated with all the latest information through our website and social media channels.

In response to the Coronavirus, the Government have announced various support measures for businesses.

For more information please visit the government's website - COVID-19: Support for Businesses

Local Restrictions Support Grants

Latest update

19/01/21

We have received a large number of ARG applications over the Christmas period and in the new year. As a result, unfortunately, we now have a backlog of cases that we will try to assess as soon as possible. If you have applied for an ARG grant and have not yet had a decision please bear with us and we will attempt to respond to all applications received by 17 January 2021 in the next 14 days. The reason for the delay is that the Government asked us to prioritise payments to businesses for the current national lockdown, that had already received a grant, and we can confirm that all those businesses should now have had confirmation of their eligibility for the period until 15 February 2021.

15/01/21

We have yesterday processed payments for the 2 new Lockdown grants in addition to the Local Restrictions Grants for Closed Business  due for 30 December 2020 and the period Ribble Valley was placed in Tier 4 (31 December 2020 to 4 January 2021). These have been automatically paid to business who have already previously received a Closed Business Grant from us since the local restrictions and Tiering system were introduced in the Autumn. Emails setting the amounts due to each business have been sent out today and payments will be in bank accounts on Monday 18 January 2021.

The Government have announced that the current Local Restriction Grants, for businesses with a business rate account and which are legally required to Close due to the Government legislation, will continue during this current lockdown period.  The grants will be paid for a six week period covering 5 January to 15 February 2021. Full details are available by clicking the green Closed Business Grant tab below. Please only apply if you have not already submitted an application.

The Government have also announced Top-up grants worth up to £9,000 for businesses in the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors to help them until Spring. Again this grant is only for businesses with a business rate account which are legally required to close during this lockdown period.

These one-off top-ups (known as Closed Business Lockdown Payments) will be granted as follows:

  • £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under
  • £6,000 for businesses with a rateable value between £15,000 and £51,000
  • £9,000 for businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000

Full details regarding this Closed Business Lockdown Payment are also available by clicking the green Closed Business Grant tab below.

Please note we also shortly intend to automatically pay Additional Restrictions Support Grants for the new restriction periods to businesses who have successfully already received an Additional Restrictions Support Grant. Therefore if you have already successfully received an Additional Restrictions Support Grant from us please do not reapply.

If you have not previously applied for an Additional Restrictions Support grant and think you may be eligible after reading the full criteria below please apply.

As you will appreciate we are receiving a large number of enquiries so please bear with us and continue to monitor this webpage.

Grants Available

Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (closed businesses)

Please note there are 5 Closed Business Grants:

  • Due to Tier 3 restrictions 17 October - 4 November 2020
  • In the National lockdown 4 November - 2 December 2020
  • Due to the Tier 3 restrictions 2 December - 30 December 2020
  • Due to the Tier 4 restrictions 31 December 2020 - 4 January 2021
  • In the National Lockdown 5 January 2021 onwards

Eligibility criteria

The Government has announced funding to help support businesses that are required to close due to the restrictions being put in place.

In order to be eligible for a grant payment under the LRSG (closed businesses) scheme, a business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Ribble Valley Borough Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list.
  • Must have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, then required to close for a consecutive period of no less than two weeks as a result of regulations made under the Public Health (Control of Disease) Act 1984.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - Tier 3 (17 October - 4 November 2020)

From 17 October 2020 to 4 November 2020, the following business categories were legally  required to close under Tier 3 restrictions:

  • pubs and bars (unless they serve substantial meals)
  • soft play areas
  • adult gaming centres
  • betting shops
  • bingo halls
  • car boot sales

This grant will only apply to businesses that were open as usual before the Tier 3 restrictions and paying business rates for the premises as at 16 October 2020.

The first qualifying period is 17 October 2020 to 30 October 2020 (inclusive). The second qualifying period is 31 October 2020 to 4 November 2020 (inclusive). Businesses must be closed for the entire period to be eligible for the grant for that qualifying period.

Grant payment amounts

Rateable Value £

Grant payable per two-week qualifying restriction period

(17 October 2020 to 30 October 2020 inclusive)

Grant payable per 5-day qualifying restriction period

(31 October 2020 to 4 November inclusive)

Less than or equal to £15,000

£667

£238

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,000

£357

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,500

£536

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - National lockdown restrictions (4 November - 2 December 2020)

From 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020, under national lockdown measures, the following business types were legally required to close and will be able to apply for a grant:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services. 
  • Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
  • Leisure and sports facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges. 
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.
  • Entertainment venues, such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. 
  • Personal care facilities, such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services. 
  • Community centres and halls.

Further information of businesses required to close is on the Covid-19 pages of the .Gov.uk website.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable

Less than or equal to £15,000

£1,334 for 4 weeks

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£2,000 for 4 weeks

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£3,000 for 4 weeks

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - Tier 3 (2 December 2020 – 30 December 2020)

From 2 December – 30 December certain businesses were legally required to close.

Further information of businesses required to close is available on the Covid-19 pages of the Gov.uk website.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable

Less than or equal to £15,000

£667 for each 2 week period*

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,000 for each 2 week period*

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,500 for each 2 week period*

*Grants for 30 December will be paid prorate to 14 day amount.

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid.

By submitting an application below we will automatically consider your eligibility for all the Closed Business Grants.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - Tier 4 (31 December 2020 - 4 January 2021)

From 31 December to 4 January 2021 certain businesses are legally required to close.

Further information of the businesses which were required to close is available on the Covid-19 pages of the Gov.uk website. Businesses must have been open as usual prior to local restrictions to be eligible.

You will need to show that your business:

  • is based in England
  • occupies property on which it pays business rates (and is the ratepayer)
  • has been unable to provide its usual in-person customer service from its premises

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 November 2020), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable

Less than or equal to £15,000

£238 for each 5 day period

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£357 for each 5 day period

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£536 for each 5 day period

Businesses excluded from the fund

You cannot get funding if:

  • you can continue to operate during the period of restrictions because you do not depend on providing direct in-person services from your premises (for example, accountants)
  • you have chosen to close, but have not been required to close as part of local restrictions
  • your businesses has been subject to national closures, since 23 March 2020, such as nightclubs (these are eligible for other grant support)
  • your business is in administration, insolvent, subject to a striking-off notice or has been struck off the Companies House register
  • you have exceeded the permitted state aid threshold Read more about State Aid.

Closed Business Grant Scheme - National lockdown restrictions (5 January 2021 onwards)

From 5 January 2021, under national lockdown measures, the following business types are legally required to close and will be able to apply for a grant:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
  • Hospitality venues, such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs.
  • Leisure and sports facilities, such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges.
  • Accommodation, such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites.
  • Entertainment venues, such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks.
  • Personal care facilities, such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services.
  • Community centres and halls.

If a business is required to close its main, in-person service but adapts its business to operate takeaway, click and collect or online with delivery services, it will be considered closed and be eligible to receive grants under this scheme because its substantive business must close.

Further information of businesses required to close is on the Covid-19 pages of the .Gov.uk website.

Grant payment amounts

The grant payable to an eligible business depends on the Rateable Value of the property (as entered on the non-domestic rating list on 4 January 2021), and the length of time the business has to remain closed. These are as follows:

Rateable Value £   Grant payable
Less than or equal to £15,000 £2,001 for 6 weeks
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £3,000 for 6 weeks
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £4,500 for 6 weeks

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid

Closed Business Grant Top-up - National lockdown restrictions (5 January 2021 onwards)

The Government have also announced a one-off top-up payment for eligible businesses (known as the Closed Business Lockdown Payment)

Rateable Value £ Grant payable
Less than or equal to £15,000  £4,000
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £6,000
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £9,000

    
By submitting an application below we will automatically consider your eligibility for all the Closed Business Grants. Where applications are successful Closed Business Grants will automatically be paid going forward while the Closed schemes still apply. Therefore you will not need to reapply.  However you must notify us if your situation changes and you no longer meet the eligibility criteria for example if you become insolvent.

Apply for a Closed Business Grant

Apply for Closed Business Grant 
 
Local Restrictions Support Grant Scheme (open businesses)

 

Eligibility criteria

In order to be eligible for a Local Restrictions (Open) grant, a business must:

  • Be registered as the business rates payer to Ribble Valley Borough Council, for a property entered on the non-domestic rating list.
  • Must have been open as usual, and providing in-person services to customers from their business premises, for the period Ribble Valley was under
    • Tier 2 restrictions
    • for the period of both Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions
    • Tier 3 restrictions from 2 December to 30 December 2020
  • Have been forced to close due to local lockdown restrictions or due to national lockdown restrictions.
  • Be in the following business categories - Hospitality, Leisure, and Accommodation.

Grant payment amounts

Payments will be made based on the following levels, pro-rated for the relevant period of eligibility:

Rateable Value £

Grant payable      

Less than or equal to £15,000

£467 for each 14 day qualifying period

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£700 for each 14 day qualifying period

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1050 for each 14 day qualifying period

Grant payments are currently subject to state aid limits. Read more about State Aid 

How to apply

You do not need to apply separately for a Local Restrictions (Open) Grant. We will automatically determine if your business is eligible for this support when processing any claim for Local Restrictions Grant for Closed Businesses.

Please note if your business has remained open and not had to close due to the local Tier 3 or the national lockdown restrictions or the Tier 4 local restrictions and operates particularly in the hospitality, leisure and accommodation sectors you may be eligible for an Additional Restrictions Grant..

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) Scheme

Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG)

The Government recognised that some businesses that are required to close may not have rateable commercial premises (and therefore won’t be covered by the LRSG scheme), and others won’t have been forced to close, but they will be severely impacted due to Local and/or National Lockdown restrictions. As such Local Authorities have been allocated Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which will cover businesses that fall into these categories.

This grants scheme is funded by a grant allocation we have received from Central Government and the funds will be administered by the Council in accordance with the guidance https://www.gov.uk/guidance/check-if-youre-eligible-for-the-coronavirus-additional-restrictions-grant

Timeline

Applications for the Additional Restrictions Grant Period 1 and Period 2 will need to be submitted using the online application form by 31 January 2021.

Applications for Period 3 and Period 4 Grants will remain open whilst Ribble Valley remains under local/national restrictions and there is also funding available from the Government.

There are 4 qualifying periods;

  • Period 1 Grants - 44 days in total from 22 September 2020 to 4 November ie the Period that Ribble Valley was in the Tier 2 followed by the Tier 3 Local restrictions.
  • Period 2 Grants - 28 days from 5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020 ie the Period of National Lockdown restrictions.
  • Period 3 Grants - from 2 December 2020 until 4 January 2021
  • Period 4 Grants - from 5 January onwards

Businesses may qualify for more than one Period of funding depending on them meeting the eligibility criteria below

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Period 1 Grants
  1. Ribble Valley businesses which are on the rating list and
    • Supply goods or services to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors but not been legally required to close (and therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) and
    • Were severely impacted by the Tier 2 (22 September - 16 October) / Tier 3 (17 October - 4 November) restrictions.

OR

  1. Ribble Valley Bed and Breakfast businesses which are not on the rating list but registered for Council Tax and which were severely impacted* by the Tier 2 (22 September - 16 October) / Tier 3 (17 October - 4 November) restrictions.
To be eligible for Period 2 Grants:
  1. Ribble Valley businesses which are not on the rating list (and are therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) that occupy premises (with fixed property costs**) and have been legally required to close due the National Lockdown restrictions,

OR

  1. Ribble Valley businesses, with or without rateable premises, which are severely impacted* by business closures caused by the National Lockdown Restrictions but which may not be required to close themselves. These businesses will include those that provide products and services to closed businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors, or businesses in the events sector.
To be eligible for Period 3 Grants:
  1. Ribble Valley businesses which are on the rating list and
    • Supply goods or services to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors but not been legally required to close (and therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) and
    • Were severely impacted by the Tier 3/Tier 4 restrictions from 2 December.

OR

  1. Ribble Valley Bed and Breakfast businesses which are not on the rating list but registered for Council Tax and which were severely impacted* by the Tier 3/Tier 4 restrictions from 2 December.
To be eligible for Period 4 Grants
  1. Ribble Valley businesses which are on the rating list and
    • Supply goods or services to the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation sectors but not been legally required to close (and therefore ineligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grant Closed schemes) and
    • Are severely impacted by the National Lockdown restrictions from 5 January 2021 onwards.

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  2. Ribble Valley Bed and Breakfast businesses which are not on the rating list but registered for Council Tax and which were severely impacted* by the National Lockdown restrictions from 5 January 2021.

Successful applicants who prevously received an Additional Restrictions Support Grant will automatically be paid for period 3/4 grants and therefore do not need to reapply.

* Severely Impacted – A statement will be required from the company showing that at least 50% of their revenue comes from businesses required to close within the defined sectors, and that this will have an impact on their income of at least 30%.

** Fixed Costs – any costs relating to the operation of the business that cannot be cancelled during this period. These could include property costs such as rent for non-rateable commercial premises, utilities, etc. Fixed costs do not include employee costs.

Exclusions to the Additional Restrictions Grant

  1. Businesses whose main business is outside the Ribble Valley.
  2. Businesses that are eligible for the Local Restrictions Support Grants
  3. Businesses that are able to continue to trade and have suffered a drop in income of less than 30%
  4. Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to will not be eligible for this grant, unless they can demonstrate Severe Impact** through cancelled orders for products and services to closed businesses in the non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure or events sectors.
  5. Where a number of businesses share premises with a common ownership, then if approved only one grant (LRSG or ARG) will be awarded.
  6. Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework.
  7. The ARG scheme is not intended to act as a wage support measure for individuals/self-employed.
  8. For the avoidance of doubt, businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

Grant Levels

Grants will be awarded on the following basis:

 

Period 1

Rateable Value

28 Days

22 September 2020 to 19 October 2020

16 Days

20 October 2020 to 4 November 2020

Less than or equal to £15,000

£934

£534

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,400

£800

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£2,100

£1,200

 

For businesses not required to close

Period 2

28 Days National Lockdown Restrictions Applied

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below)

5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

No rateable value and low fixed costs

£500

Less than or equal to £15,000

£934

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,400

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£2,100

 

For businesses legally required to close

Period 2

28 Days National Lockdown Restrictions Applied

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below

5 November 2020 to 2 December 2020

No rateable value and low fixed costs

£500

Less than or equal to £15,000

£1,334

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£2,000

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£3,000

 

For businesses not legally required to close

Period 3

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below)

Each 14 day period Tier 3 local restrictions applied from 2 December - 30 December 2020

Less than or equal to £15,000

£467

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£700

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,050

 

For businesses legally required to close

Period 3

Rateable Value or equivalent (see below)

Each 14 day period Tier 3 local restrictions applied from 2 December - 30 December 2020

Less than or equal to £15,000

£667

Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000

£1,000

Greater than or equal to £51,000

£1,500

Payment will be made pro rata for the 30 December 2020.

For businesses not legally required to close Period 3
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) The 5 day period Tier 4 local restrictions applied from 31 December 2020 – 4 January 2021
Less than or eqal to £15,000 £167
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £250
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £375
For businesses legally required to close Period 3
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) The 5 day period Tier 4 local restrictions applied from 31 December 2020 – 4 January 2021
No Rateable Value £89
Less than or equal to £15,000 £238
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £357
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £535
For businesses not legally required to close Period 4
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) 42 day period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 when National Lockdown restrictions apply
No Rateable Value £750
Less than or equal to £15,000 £1,401
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £2,100
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £3,150
For businesses legally required to close Period 4
Rateable Value or equivalent (see below) 42 day period from 5 January to 15 February 2021 when National Lockdown restrictions apply
No Rateable Value £750
Less than or equal to £15,000 £2,001
Greater than £15,000 but less than £51,000 £3,000
Greater than or equal to £51,000 £4,500

For Period 2 and 4 (i.e during National Lockdown Restrictions) where a property does not have a rateable value or is part of a larger rateable value, rents paid and the size of the business will be used to provide a professional judgement by officers on the level of grant that should be applied. For most businesses without a rateable value it is likely the maximum award will be £500.

Evidence

Closed businesses applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirms their eligibility. The council places responsibility on the applicant to agree that their statement is correct to the best of their knowledge. In addition, businesses that are required to close will need to provide evidence of their trading status. This will be in the form of a bank statement (showing business/applicant’s name, registered address with income within the last 3 months).

Open businesses that are applying for ARG funding will be required to make a statement that confirms their eligibility. The council places responsibility on the applicant to agree that their statement is correct to the best of their knowledge. In addition, businesses that are not required to close will need to provide evidence to demonstrate they supply companies that are required to close and an impact on income. This will be in the form of a bank statement (showing the business name or applicant’s name, registered address with income within the last 3 months) and an invoice (showing the business name, client name and registered address dated within the last 3 months).

General Conditions

  1. Any canvassing of officers or members would result in an application being refused.
  2. The business will need to be trading*** within the Ribble Valley.
  3. The business must have been actively trading on and before the day the restrictions commenced.
  4. A business that has more than one property will be eligible to submit an application for each actively trading property.
  5. Additional Restrictions Grants will be paid subject to State Aid regulations, meaning the business needs to check that they comply with State Aid rules and inform the Local Authority accordingly prior to payment being made. If State Aid rules are breached the responsibility lies with the applicant and, in line with the legislations, the Council can take action to recover the funding.
  6. We reserve the right to close the scheme at short notice – potential applicants should apply without delay
  7. Unsuccessful applicants will be advised of the outcome of an application by email. There is no right to appeal a decision
  8. Payment will be made by BACS into the business bank account using the information provided in the application form.
  9. Dependent on demand, we reserve the right to amend the level of grants as necessary. We also reserve the right to change the qualifying criteria at short notice if it feels it is appropriate to do so, reflecting changing circumstances and demand on funds.

***Trading – a business that even if not registered within the borough on Companies House, has a presence in the area and is clearly trading from an address within the borough.

Managing the risk of fraud

Government will not accept deliberate manipulation and fraud and any business caught falsifying their records to gain grant money will face prosecution and any issued funding will be subject to claw back, as may grants paid in error.

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Christmas Support Payment for Wet-Led Pubs (CSP)

Who will receive this funding?

To be eligible pubs should under normal circumstances (without local or national restrictions) be:  open to the general public, allow free entry other than when occasional entertainment is provided, allow drinking without requiring food to be consumed and permit drinks to be purchased at a bar.

For this grant purpose, the definition of a pub excludes: restaurants, cafes, nightclubs, hotels, snack bars, guesthouses, boarding houses, sporting venues, music venues, festival sites, theatres, museums, exhibition halls, cinemas, concert halls and casinos.

A wet-led pub is defined as a pub that derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.

The business must have been registered as the ratepayer in respect of the hereditament on 1 December and must have been trading prior to the commencement of the local restrictions.

How much is the Christmas Support Payment?

In accordance with Government guidance, this grant will be a one off payment of £1,000 to each eligible wet-led pub for the period 2 December 2020 to 29 December 2020.

Who is excluded from this payment?

Pubs that derive over 50% of their income from food sales will not be eligible to receive funding through this grant scheme.

Businesses that have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de minimis, the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework and all other UK schemes under the terms of the European Commission’s Temporary Framework will not be eligible to receive funding.

Businesses that are in administration, insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made, are not eligible for funding under this scheme.

When does this scheme close?

This scheme will close on 29 December 2020, and all applications will need to be submitted to us, using the online form, by 31 January 2021. All payments to eligible pubs will be made as soon as possible.

How do I apply?

Eligible wet-led pubs are invited to apply for this grant.  As part of the online application process all pubs will be required to self-certify that they meet all eligibility criteria.

Businesses may need to provide evidence to support their statement that the wet-led pub derives less than 50% of its income from sales of food.  If required this evidence will need to be in the form of a set of accounts for the pub with a separate breakdown of the sales of food, beverages and any other income.

Grant income received by a business is taxable. The Christmas Support Payment will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any exclusions to the schemes?

The following exclusions apply:

  • Business properties which are empty are excluded from this scheme.
  • Businesses in areas outside the scope of the restrictions, as defined by Government, are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that have chosen to close but not been required to are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses which have already received grant payments that equal the maximum levels of State aid permitted under the de-minimis and the Covid-19 Temporary State Aid Framework are not eligible for this grant.
  • Businesses that were in administration, are insolvent or where a striking-off notice has been made at the date of the local lockdown are not eligible for this grant.

In cases where it was factually clear to us that on the local lockdown date that the non-domestic rating list was inaccurate on that date, we may withhold the grant and/or award the grant based on our view of who would have been entitled to the grant had the list been accurate. The decision to award or withhold a grant payment is entirely at the discretion of Ribble Valley Council. 

Any changes to the rating list (rateable value or to the hereditament) after the first full day of localised restrictions and business closures regulations came into force including changes which have been backdated to this date, are to be ignored for the purposes of eligibility. Local Authorities are not required to adjust, pay or recover grants where the rating list is subsequently amended retrospectively to the local lockdown date.

When will my grant be paid?

We aim to make payment to eligible businesses as soon as possible after processing your application form.

We apologise if your grant request is taking longer to consider. This may be because we need to carry out further checks before a payment can be made. Please remain patient, a member of our team will be in contact if further information is needed from you.

Will you contact me when you send me a grant payment?

Yes. If you are an eligible business, once your payment has been processed we will send you an email notification. This will explain the period your grant relates to and also remind you of the need to inform us immediately if you are no longer eligible for the grant.

How will the grant be paid to me?

Payments are being made by BACS payment. These can take between 3-5 days to reach bank accounts from the date of processing.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, grant income received by a business is taxable. The Local Restrictions Support Grant will need to be included as income in the tax return of the business. Only businesses which make an overall profit once grant income is included will be subject to tax.

Can I check the progress of my request?

We ask that you do not contact us to follow up on your request or payment. Doing so requires us to redirect limited resources to answer calls and individual enquiries, slowing our ability to check and process payments to everyone as quickly as possible.

We thank you for your patience at this difficult time.

My business hasn't been forced to close, but is still adversely affected. Are other grants available?

As a result of the additional Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, funding has been allocated to Ribble Valley Borough Council to support local economies and businesses that have been adversely impacted. These are primarily businesses in the Hospitality, Leisure and Accommodation Sectors or businesses which mainly supply to these sectors or the Events sector which have been severely impacted.

This grant scheme is known as the Additional Restrcitions Grant scheme (ARG).

Please read the full details regarding this grant scheme above before applying.

Please note the ARG scheme is not intended to act as a wage support measure for individuals/self employed.

Can I appeal if my application is unsuccessful?

No. There is no appeal procedure. The Council's decision is final.

Previous Business Support Grants

These grant schemes closed on 28 August 2020

Small Business and Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Grants

Through the Small Business Grant Fund and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund, Ribble Valley Borough Council were able to support 1,544 businesses in the Ribble Valley with grants totalling £17.26m.

These grants have been vital to our local economy – helping ensure the survival of shops, cafes, hotels, restaurants and many other companies.

Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund

The Government allocated an additional £867,750 to help us deliver the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund to help those businesses who have been affected by the pandemic but were outside the scope of the existing Small Business Grants scheme and the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure scheme.

Through the Local Authority Discretionary Grants Fund, Ribble Valley Borough Council were able to support an additional 135 businesses in Ribble Valley.

Expanded Business Rates 100% Discount 2020-21 for Retail, Leisure and Hospitality ratepayers.

The Government have announced a 100% Business Rates Discount for 2020-21 for certain ratepayers in the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality sectors. Detailed guidance can be found at Expanded Retail Discount 2020/21.

Those ratepayers who already receive a Retail Discount do not need to do anything as a revised bill will be issued to you.

If you are not currently in receipt of the Retail Discount and believe your business meets the criteria set out in the guidance please email ctax@ribblevalley.gov.uk.

Nursery Discount 2020/21

This relief applies to hereditaments occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register and wholly or mainly used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage and which are subject to business rates in the year 2020/21. There will be no rateable value limit on the relief. Detailed guidance can be found at Nursery Discount 2020/21 Coronavirus Response.

Ratepayers do not need to take any action as the relief will be automatically granted where possible and a revised bill issued.

For more information please contact ctax@ribblevalley.gov.uk or 01200 414450.

Charities and Community Groups

Locality is providing information on funding available to charities and community groups. For more information see https://locality.org.uk/services-tools/resources/coronavirus-covid-19-information-and-support/covid-19-funding/

As a result of the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak the Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire COVID-19 Community Support Fund for community and voluntary organisations on the frontline. For more information see https://lancsfoundation.org.uk/funds/lancashire-covid-19-community-support-fund

Coronavirus Bounce Back Loan

Eligibility

You can apply for a loan if your business:

  • is based in the UK
  • has been negatively affected by coronavirus

Who cannot apply

The following businesses are not eligible to apply:

  • banks, insurers and reinsurers (but not insurance brokers)
  • public-sector bodies
  • state-funded primary and secondary schools

If you’re already claiming funding

You cannot apply if you’re already claiming under the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

If you’ve already received a loan of up to £50,000 under CBILS and would like to transfer it into the Bounce Back Loan scheme, you can arrange this with your lender until 4 November 2020.

How to apply

  • The full rules of the scheme and guidance on how to apply is available on the British Business Bank website.

Social distancing posters/notices

Download posters for businesses who can remain open to use on their premises to help enforce social distancing: Download Covid-19 Social Distancing Posters.

Health and Safety Advice

 

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